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'''Nehemiah Curtis "Skip" James''' (June 9, 1902 – October 3, 1969) was an American Delta blues singer, guitarist, pianist and songwriter. His guitar playing is noted for its dark, Minor key|minor-key sound, played in an open D-minor tuning with an intricate Fingerstyle|fingerpicking technique. James first recorded for Paramount Records in 1931, but these recordings sold poorly, having been released during the Great Depression, and he drifted into obscurity. After a long absence from the public eye, James was "rediscovered" in 1964 by three blues enthusiasts - John Fahey (musician)|John Fahey, Bill Barth, and Henry Vestine - helping further the American folk music revival|blues and folk music revival of the 1950s and early 1960s. During this period, James appeared at folk and blues festivals, gave concerts around the country and recorded several albums for various record...
Birth nameNehemiah Curtis James
Alias| birth_date = {{birth date|mf=y|1902|6|9}}
Bentonia, Mississippi, United States
Death date{{death date and age|mf=y|1969|10|3|1902|6|9}}
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
InstrumentVocals, guitar, piano
GenreDelta blues
OccupationMusician, songwriter, preacher
Years active1931
1964–1969
LabelParamount Records|Paramount, Vanguard Records|Vanguard, Biograph Records|Biograph, Adelphi Records|Adelphi, Document Records|Document, Snapper Music Group, Universe, Body & Soul, Yazoo, Genes
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